Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler rated the 1-0 win at Plymouth as their best of the season as they held on for more than an hour with 10 men.
Joe Martin smashed in a 30-yard winner before being sent off for a second bookable offence in the 31st minute but the injury-hit Gills still managed to record their third successive win.
A delighted Hessenthaler said: "Leading up to the game we had to make five changes which forced upon us and it could have been six because Jo Kuffour wasn't fully fit, but we put him out there."
He added: "The way we played when we went down to 10 men shows the character we have got at the club and I was proud of them. I thought when we beat Torquay 2-0 when we were under pressure to perform at home following our poor run was our top performance but this has gone above that.
"It was great build up play leading to the goal and it has popped up to Joe and he has got a great strike on him and he showed that with the goal.
"I am not sure about the sending off, especially the second yellow and will look at that on the DVD."
Pilgrims boss Carl Fletcher was meanwhile left to reflect on what might have been
"It was one of those days again," said Fletcher. "All credit to Gillingham when they went down to 10 men they just dug-in got behind the ball and defended well and we could not just get that breakthrough.
"The goal was an outrageous goal really, a fantastic strike from the lad, from fully 30 yards.
"It was frustrating, we are disappointed but you have to move on and just get on with it."